Coin tosses settle ties in Davao Sur barangay polls

Subscribe Now October 28, 2010 at 09:28pm

Election officials in at least two Davao del Sur towns resorted to the old-fashioned way of tossing coins to break ties between several candidates who garnered the same number of votes in the last village and youth council elections.

In Malalag town, three candidates for the Sangguniang Kabataan council of Barangay Mabini surprisingly got 61 votes each. Ma. Febes Barlaan, Commission on Elections supervisor for Davao del Sur, said it was impractical to call another balloting to decide the fate of the candidates. So what Comelec officials did was to toss a coin.

When the coin-tossing was over, the candidates went home satisfied.

In Malalag’s Barangay Kiblagon, Barlaan said “heads or tails” remedy also resolved the ranking issue between Facondo Kicoy and Cristina Lazaga in the village council.

On Thursday, the Comelec again used the same method in determining who among the candidates with the same number of votes would sit on the village councils of Caputian, Lapla and Ibo.

Barlaan said the Comelec will also toss coins in settling the rankings in Barangay Melilia in Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur, for the No. 2 and No. 5 positions in the SK council.

“The toss coin had the approval of the candidates,” she said.

Barlaan said those who participated in the coin-toss readily accepted their “destiny.”

“All that started well ended well,” she said, adding that despite initial fears, the elections in Davao del Sur were largely peaceful.


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